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  1. the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction.
  2. a skit featuring these costumed characters.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to portray (a fictional character) by dressing in costume.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to take part in cosplay: He cosplayed as a Jedi from Star Wars.
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Origin of cosplay

First recorded in 1995–2000; cos(tume) + play
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